Subject: High-level Portuguese visit to Timor
High-level Timor visit 6/12/2008
Portugal’s top aid official, Joaõ Gomes Cravinho, began a four-day visit to East Timor on Tuesday during which he was expected to launch a Lisbon-financed integrated development programme for the Ermera and Liquiça regions.
Gomes Cravinho, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and cooperation, was also scheduled to hold talks with Dili’s senior leadership, including President José Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, during his stay.
Gomes Cravinho also participated in the First Congress of Health Sciences in Dili on Wednesday and unveiled a regional integrated development programme in Maubara on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry was reported as saying by the Lusa News Agency.
Portuguese institutions help finance both the Congress and the Ermera-Liquiça Aid Programme, the latter to the tune of one million euros.
In approving the regional development programme last month, the Timorese Government said it would involve integrated projects in the fields of education, health, agriculture, gender equality, private sector incentives, and youth.